The Society since its inception has maintained a program of providing free subscriptions to Marine Mammal Science and copies of the special publications to universities, libraries and government agencies in developing and soft-currency countries*. The goal is to make the science available to students and professionals who may have no other access and cannot afford membership.
*The International Monetary Fund identifies all countries except the following as emerging and developing countries: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Holy See, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States.
Requirements are open access for students and professionals in the region, university or public ownership (individuals and NGOs do not qualify), and some guarantee of continued custody and integration into an existing technical collection.
Libraries, universities and government agencies and laboratories in developing and soft-currency countries presently not having these subscriptions may request them. The request should be in the form of a letter or e-mail message to the chair of the Committee on International Relations, stating the need, the scale of interest and activity in marine mammalogy in the local region, and the proposed arrangements for custody and access. The requests are reviewed by the Committee and approved or denied by the Society’s Board of Governors.
At present, these subscriptions total 19; more are planned (suggestions to the Board are welcome). The locations where the journal may be consulted include:
- Museo Argentina de Ciencias Naturales, Buenos Aires
- Instituto de Zoologia, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia
- Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Santiago
- Department of Biology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing
- Institute of Hydrobiology, Academia Sinica, Wuhan
- Universidad del Valle, Cali
- Museo Nactional de Historia Natural, Habana
- Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, University of Ghana, Legon
- Institut Scientifique, Unite d’Oceanographie Biologique, Université Mohammad V Agdal, Agdal
- Department of Biological Sciences, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo
- Natural History Museum, San Marcos University, Lima
- Marine Laboratory, Silliman University, Dumaguete City
- Russian Federation Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO), Moscow
- Institute of Marine Biology, Academy of Sciences of Russia – Far East Branch, Vladivostok
- Institute of Zoology, Academy of Sciences of Russia, St. Petersburg
- Faculty of Fisheries, Istanbul University, Laleli – Istanbul
- Museo Nacional de Historias Naturales, Montevideo
- Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi
- Institute of Oceanography, Nha Trang